Monday, September 26, 2022

Food & Wine

Celiac Disease, ZED 1227, Pesach and the Rest of Us

Before we begin, it is important to know that there is a Torah mitzvah to be sensitive to people with celiac disease. Really. People who suffer from this digestive disorder, also known as sprue, have it very hard at pretty much any simcha.

In order for them to eat they need to know what items


West Orange Ice Cream Shop Receives Va’ad Certification

Mark & Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream has been a staple on Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange since it was established by Mark and Julie Orenstein in 1994. In September 2021, after Mark was diagnosed with cancer, Julie posted in a statement on Facebook: “I’ve made the difficult decision to close the store temporarily


Edible Parsha, Passover Edition

I don’t know about you, but I grew up eating, making, and (to be honest) loving Passover cake mixes from the box. I think my very first baking adventures—all by myself—were following the directions on the back of the Manischewitz and Streit’s boxes. But a few years ago, my sister-in-law shared a Passover flour


Hôebeek: Liqueurs to Elevate Your Simchat Yom Tov

Yisroel Messinger is an unlikely liqueur producer.

A Hasidic writer and editor of Sifrei Kodesh, Rabbi Messinger is most comfortable in his library or the beit midrash. But his family’s history of craft production and his analytical nature made the challenge of creating top-quality kosher


A New Balkan Plum Brandy That Is Kosher for Passover

(Courtesy of Yebiga Rakija) If you’re unfamiliar with Rakija (also spelled Rakia), you’re not alone. This is the famed fruit brandy of the Balkan region, also known as slivovitz. Families pass down distilling knowledge of rakija, utilizing fruit from trees in their backyards.

This Serbian


Spring Means Rosé Wine Time

As winter turns to spring, the inky merlots and jammy cabernets in our glasses start to seem a bit heavy when we begin our meals with seasonal light salads, crunchy veggies, fruit soup or grilled fish… It’s time to lighten up! For wine lovers, spring heralds the


Side Dishes for Pesach

Here are some side dishes to accompany your main courses during Pesach.

Cauliflower Rice

(makes 4 servings)

This came from the Food Network channel.


Four Cups and Beyond

As most of our readers know, drinking four cups of wine is a fundamental requirement at the Pesach Seder. Outside of Israel, we celebrate the Seder twice, so that is eight cups of wine! The holiday of Pesach is celebrated for eight days, and so beyond the Seder, there are many more meals


Your New Favorite Seltzer Was Born in Crown Heights

Business is booming—or should we say, fizzing!—for two Crown Heights business owners who put the drink you grew up with into a can.

(Courtesy of Spritzly) It’s simple and brilliant, traditional and brand-new—all at once.

It’s Spritzly. The seltzer


Pesach 5782: Four Cups, Four Recommendations

How do I suggest this night be different from all other nights? I suggest it not be, as far as wine is concerned. Let us free ourselves of the banality of a stale wine cellar, beginning this night. Starting with the first glass.



Chocolate Raspberry Shortbread

Pesach is a time when we are offered a variety of delicious desserts—from chocolates to coconut macaroons to jelly rolls. We all love to have some carbs at the end of a meal—even the afikomen is delicious! In my quest to enjoy some sweets while lowering my carb intake, I have developed Susie’s Stevia Sweets. Perfect for a


Almond Stevia Banana Cake

Every year during that special time after burning the chametz and before the Seder, we often wonder what to eat: no chametz and no matzah! When I was growing up, my Mom would always have a sponge cake made with eggs and potato starch and lots of sugar and it was delicious. Now for lower carb intake, my recipe for banana walnut cake

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